This is the first in a series of three articles discussing whiteflies in the California home garden. Whiteflies are a contender for most-pervasive, most-persistent insect pest in gardens throughout California. The worst infestations usually occur in disturbed landscapes that lack predatory insects, and on stressed or over-fertilized plants and trees, during warm-to-hot weather. At least […]
Basil is an ideal plant for container gardening, whether on the patio or the kitchen windowsill. Growing basil in containers allows you to move basil to follow seasonal changes in sun, to shaded areas during hot summers, warmer areas during spring, and to protected areas when necessary in response to winds or other environmental factors. […]
Basil is one of the most popular and rewarding herbs for the home gardener. Fresh basil is an essential ingredient in many recipes, from Caprese salad to pesto. Two to three plants can usually provide enough for one household. Pesto lovers may want four or five. Gardeners with long warm growing seasons should consider planting […]
For those familiar with gardening maintenance associated with the traditional flowering perennials and annuals common in California home gardens, such as roses, azaleas, delphiniums, and (gasp!) grass, learning what to do, or more precisely what NOT TO DO, with California native plants is a process. California natives require us to reevaluate our plant maintenance practices, […]
Mildews are a common malady of cucurbits such as summer squash (including zucchini), winter squash (including pumpkin), cucumbers and melons. How can you identify a disease as mildew? And how should it be prevented and treated? What is mildew? Powdery and downy mildew are the most common leaf-diseases of cucurbits in many portions of California. […]
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